The government has no plans to ban low budget smartphones under Rs. 12,000, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajiv Chandrashekhar said on Monday. His response came in response to a question on the government’s alleged plan to ban Chinese companies from selling sub-Rs. 12,000 mobile phones in the country. Ignoring claims of banning foreign, especially Chinese, brands, Chandrashekhar also said that India is looking forward to building domestic brands. The country’s electronic ecosystem is expected to include more national tech companies in the coming years.
Chandrashekhar, as reported by PTI, has also said that the government has requested Chinese mobile brands to increase their exports from India. “The only issue that we have raised and done very transparently with some Chinese brands is that we have said that our expectation is that they will export more,” he said.
However, the minister rejected any plan to ban a particular segment from the market. “We don’t have any proposals and I’m not sure where it came from,” he said.
Minister also issued [report](http://icrier.org/pdf/Globalise_to_Localise.pdf) On increasing domestic value addition. As stated in the report, the government is expecting to reach $300 billion (about Rs 23,90,500 crore)-electronics production in the next three to four years. Meanwhile, the current production is estimated to be around $76 billion (about Rs 6,05,600 crore).
The report also included suggestions to increase exports, promote bilateral and regional free trade agreements. The government is also taking measures to reduce the regulatory burden for exports and the cost of transportation.